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The Paper of Record for Greenwich Village, East Village, Lower East Side, Soho, Union Square, Chinatown and Noho, Since 1933 November 7, 2013 • $1.00 Volume 83 • Number 23 Park air rights bill will pass unless Cuomo vetoes it BY LINCOLN ANDERSON L PHOTO BY SAM SPOKONY Bill de Blasio reached out to give a supporter a high-five at his election night celebration in Brooklyn. De Blasio destroys Lhota; Vows to take ‘new direction’ BY SAM SPOKONY, HEATHER DUBIN, GERARD FLYNN AND LINCOLN ANDERSON B ill de Blasio trounced Republican Joe Lhota in the race for mayor and will be taking over City Hall in January. De Blasio, who will be the first Democratic mayor in 20 years, won with 74 percent of the vote. In his victory speech to a crowd of around 2,000 supporters in Park Slope, Brooklyn, de Blasio drilled home the points he made throughout his campaign — all which were fundamentally based on a left-leaning, progressive approach to tackling the city’s problem of social and economic inequality. “Today you spoke out loudly and clearly for a new direction for our city, united by a belief that our city could leave no New Yorker behind,” said de Blasio, currently the city’s public advocate. “The challenges we face have been decades in the making, and the problems we’ve set out to address will not be solved overnight. But make no mistake, the people of this city have chosen a progressive path. DE BLASIO, continued on p. 18 ast Friday, environmental and community groups opposed to allowing the Hudson River Park to sell its unused development rights one block inland from the park raised the alarm: After months of inaction since the bill passed the Legislature in June, it had suddenly been rushed to Governor Cuomo for his signature. The bill is an amendment to the Hudson River Park Act of 1998, the founding legislation of the 5-milelong waterfront park. An e-mail sent to local AIR RIGHTS, continued on p. 5 Violent sex attacks have put N.Y.U. students on edge BY SAM SPOKONY T he New York University community was rocked by two violent sexual assaults last month — the attempted rape and robbery of a 20-year-old female student in Soho on Oct. 8, and the rape of a 24-year-old female worker at the university’s Catholic Center on Oct. 31. The attacks came just months after an N.Y.U. student group criticized the school for not providing adequate rape crisis services to students and members of the university community. ATTACKS, continued on p. 28 Sign up for our free The Villager e-newsletter at & enter to win a 1 year membership at the exclusive David Barton Gym

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